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Cracoe searchlight battery

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Cracoe searchlight battery - aerial photo

YDNPA, 2004, (046/12)

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Cracoe searchlight battery

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36568

Parish: Cracoe

OS Grid Reference: SD982599

Dale: Lower Wharfedale

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Site of a series of three Second World War searchlights. Surviving as 6-8 metre diameter circular earthworks in a field south of Cracoe village. Associated with an army training camp, these searchlights would have been used to warn friendly aircraft of high ground to the south as well as distracting bombing raids on their way to the industrial towns around the area.


At west end of Cracoe, from the main village street take Fell Lane heading towards Rylstone Fell. The battery site can be seen over the wall on the left, north, after about 500 m.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Cracoe. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Fell Lane is stony and rough.

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